Most training posts are filled, but 2000 trainee doctors may still be jobless in October

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 19 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:118
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    By the end of the first round of this year's controversial training application process, 85% of doctors' training posts in England handled through the computerised medical training application service (MTAS) were filled.

    The Department of Health has published the numbers of applicants competing for posts and of posts filled. It has collated data from individual deaneries after its national computerised system was scrapped halfway through the application process.

    Deaneries have filled 13 168 posts so far. Of these, 10 804 are run-through training posts (entailing several years of training after the foundation programme and in which doctors train to specialise in either general practice or a specialty), 2262 are fixed term service training appointments (FTSTAs) (year long posts that must be applied for separately), and 102 are academic posts. Altogether, 2386 jobs remained to be filled at the end of round one.

    However, the situation is changing daily, because someone who has accepted an FTSTA …

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